George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah Q&A - Ready for #160 Contenders!
George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah Q&A - Ready for #160 Contenders!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (July 26, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah
George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah, Wife and Childen
George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah child playing football
George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah's Child
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George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah family sports photo
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing. - Fighting out of Lawton, OK, George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (pronounced tad-uh-napper) is unbeaten in 30 bouts, plus a draw while scoring 22 knockouts. In order to get a shot at the top contenders he must move up into the ratings. Right now he is No. 13 in the USBA, No. 32 in the WBC and No. 60 in the IBO.

Prior to any interest in boxing Tahdooahnippah’s sport was high school wrestling because boxing was not being offered at the school. He received a full wrestling scholarship to Delaware State after being a Cadet-Greco-Roman All American. He attended there for 3 semesters before giving up wrestling and looking for a new challenge.

In a country where little attention is given to our American Indian athletes since the days of Jim Thorpe, there have only been a handful of boxers coming on the scene like Virgil Hill, Joe Hipp and Shawn Hawk. The “Comanche Boy” hopes to change all of that.

Getting a late start at 25 Tahdooahnippah is still learning with no amateur boxing experience. He learned to fight in tough man contests winning the North Texas kick boxing title as a light heavyweight. He was a 2002 runner-up in the Sansho-Kick boxing world championships. He has been sparring with “Contender” champion Grady Brewer who is also from Lawton. “George is a very hard hitter, he can knock guys out. He’s come a long way and if matched right he can pull off some upsets. He is a hard worker and always in shape,” said Brewer.

Without a manager or a promoter Tahdooahnippah felt he was born to fight. His father and uncles boxed because they attended Indian boarding schools. On March 12, 2004 he made his professional debut stopping Robert Ross in 0:43 of the first round in OK City. The following month at the Comanche Casino, in his hometown of Lawton, OK, he won a 4 round decision over Ronald Allen giving away 17 pounds.

It wasn’t until 2006 under manager Bobby Dobbs, who manages top contender Carson Jones, that Tahdooahnippah became active as a boxer. “I have been George’s manager since he was 3-0. I have carefully built his record to what it is today and allowed him to develop much like the way Top Rank has for Chavez, Jr. George is ready for prime time and we signed with Joe DeGuardia (Star Boxing) 2 weeks ago in order to land him bigger fights,” said Dobbs.

In 2010 Taddooahnippah had Jeff Mayweather for a short period as trainer to help enhance his skills. His trainer is David Vaughn. “I have been with George since his fourth fight some 6 years ago. He has improved a lot since what he wanted to do was be a banger. Now he knows he can box, too. We have a good relationship. He is willing to listen and we try something I suggest and see if it works out”, said Vaughn.

Taddooahnippah fought James Cook, 10-3, in his tenth fight to a draw in January of 2008 in Tulsa, OK. He was ill but knew he had to fight and fought the last 2 rounds on heart alone. He was never able to get a return match with Cook.

Tahdooahnippah’s biggest win was in July of 2011 when coming in at his lowest weight of 158½ he scored a knockout over Jimmy “School Boy” Holmes, 19-2-2, for the vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title at 2:28 of the first round. This was his only scheduled 10 rounder so far. He suffered a torn right bicep and was operated on. He returned 7 months later to stop Tyrel Brown, 7-1, at 2:27 of the first round in February of this year. In his last bout in April he defeated Rahman Yusubov, 8-6, winning 5 of the 6 rounds on all score cards.

Back on September of 2008 Tahdooahnippah stopped Jonathan Corn, 47-19-3, in 0:40 of the seventh round of a scheduled 8 for the vacant USA Native American Boxing Council Super Middleweight title. That was his only scheduled 8 rounder. In 2009 he had a scheduled 10 with Dan Wallace, 9-9 that was halted after a round due to severe weather that required evacuation of the tent the fight was being held in at Lawton, OK. They would give it another go 2 months later in Wichita Falls, KS, with Tahdooahnippah winning all scheduled 6 rounds. He had wins over Chris Ray, 8-3, by first round stoppage and Brooke Wellby, 35-18-4 by decision over 6 ending 2009 at 6-0 for the year.

Tahdooahnippah has posted a pair of second round wins over veteran Steve Walker, then 21-17, in April of 2008, and again in November of 2010. In February of 2011 he defeated Thomas “Thunder Kick” Longacre, over 6 rounds. Longacre was a former Kickboxing champion. “I am a devoted man of God. I am a member of the Native American Church,” said Tahdooahnippah.

Mia Tahdooahnippah has played an important role in her husband’s career. “George is a wonderful husband but by far his best strength is being a parent. George spends countless hours with our children and their sports which he coaches. We have 4 children in Nacona 7; George Jr. 5; Talon 3 and Lulu 1, said Mia”. She added how hard he works for the Comanche nation fighting diabetes and encouraging native people to exercise and eat healthy. Living in the country they are forced to eat at home. The children do not have “wii” or “play stations” so our children will spend time outdoors being active. “The children enjoy going to the gym and can all wrestle and box. I haven’t decided that is a good thing since they like to box each other,” she added. She made it clear “our family is dedicated to his boxing career and wouldn’t have it any other way”.

Mia has served the Comanche Nation for the past 7 years as the Nation’s Gaming commission Compliance Director serving 15,000 members. She is a graduate student of Wm. F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV. “With us both working full time jobs we couldn’t accomplish any of our goals without the love and support of our family, especially George’s father, brother and my parents,” said Mia. This writer only wishes that I had more to share about Mia and their family but space has its limits.

Matt Yanofsky publicist for H&D made the contact for me with Tahdooahnippah.

The “Comanche Kid” was good enough to give some answers for Doghouse in a Q&A.

KEN HISSNER: Why did it take you until 25 to have your first professional fight?

GEORGE TAHDOOAHNIPPAH: Lawton, OK, didn’t have boxing so I wrestled. I fought in the streets with young and old men. Whoever wanted to fight. I’ve always been a natural fighter. Indians have always had to fight.

KEN HISSNER: What experience have you had with trainer Jeff Mayweather?

GEORGE TAHDOOAHNIPPAH: In 2010 when I was preparing for a Fernando Guerrero fight. The fight fell through but I stayed in Vegas to pick up some valuable experience. More than anything I came away with confidence. I know I can do it. I have the skills, the ability and the strength to win a world title. Jeff can second that.

KEN HISSNER: Has sparring with Grady Brewer been a help to your career?

GEORGE TAHDOOAHNIPPAH: Having the pleasure of learning from a world class veteran like Grady has been invaluable.

KEN HISSNER: Do you sometimes feel you are representing the Comanche nation?

GEORGE TAHDOOAHNIPPAH: I represent the Indian people in their struggle. I’m a real life wild Comanche Indian. Whoever steps in the ring with me quickly finds out I’m a breed of animal they haven’t seen before.

KEN HISSNER: Are there any opponents in the middleweight division you would like to get in the ring with?

GEORGE TAHDOOAHNIPPAH: Chavez, Jr., and Sergio Martinez along with anyone else at the top (Jermaine Taylor). I have a lot to prove so let me get to proving..

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